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AMD slips to fourth spot as Qualcomm and Samsung capitalize on mobile processor sales

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A fall in demand for desktop PCs and continued growth of the smartphone and tablet market saw AMD fall from second to fourth place for microprocessor sales in 2012. According to a new report from IC Insights, Qualcomm and Samsung overtook AMD to reach second and third spot respectively after they both posted year-on-year growth, thanks to increased sales of their ARM-based mobile processors. Intel continued to dominate the market — despite seeing a 1 percent decline last year.

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Amazon Sells Out Of New Kindle Paperwhite, Shipping Slips To 4-6 Weeks

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Amazon obviously ignored the success of its most recent e-reader. The business simply updated its shipping quote, pushing back delivery date to 4 to six weeks after ordering. Both styles, with or without 3G, are experiencing exact same problem. And it ’ s no surprise– the gadget is more than an incremental improvement.

With a brand-new lighting system, a display with a greater resolution and a more responsive touch interface, Kindle Paperwhite has enough brand-new functions to convince brand-new customers in addition to existing Kindle owners. After utilizing the unit for a couple of days, our very own John Biggs certified it as a reader ’ s dream.

Yet, one of the major improvement over previous Kindle models is that the screen is now a standard, more receptive capacitive touch screen as an alternative of an infrared-based screen. Browsing interface or also just turning a web page is therefore much quicker.

Amazon now fine-tunes its e-reader crown jewel unit every year in order to integrate the most recent E Ink technologies while improving total user experience. While the Kindle Touch was the first touch-based Kindle, it was extremely slow for lots of individuals who chose easier and more affordable Kindle style with standard buttons.

With the brand-new display and the remarkable enhancements in responsiveness, customers appear to have actually reacted unambiguously. Even though Amazon ’ s supply chain isn ’ t as effective as additional successful companies, such as Apple, shipping estimate news ought to be considered a really good sign for the Kindle ecosystem. If Amazon ’ s success proceeds with its e-readers, business must remain fully commited to the e-book area.

[through Me and My Kindle]



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SLIPS liquid repeller is inspired by carnivorous plants, enemy to insects and graffiti artists alike

SLIPS synthetic liquid repeller is inspired by carnivorous, enemy to insects and graffiti artists alike

When a team of Harvard researchers wanted to create the ultimate liquid- and solid-repelling surface, they looked toward the Nepenthes pitcher plant, where curious insects check in and never check out, thanks to slippery walls that lead to their tiny, horrific fate. The tropical plant inspired the creation of SLIPS (Self-healing, Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surface), a synthetic material that utilizes nano/ microstructured substrates, capable of repelling just about anything you can throw at it. During a visit to the hallowed Crimson halls, the team was kindly enough to show off the material through a series of messy, messy demos, dropping water, motor oil, liquid asphalt and newly-mixed concrete on aluminum and glass. The team even went crazy with a can of black spray paint, comparing the results to a Teflon surface. The outcome was the same in all case — an amazingly repellent material.

The team has published a number of papers on the stuff, including ones that demonstrate its ice- and bacteria-repelling properties. Oh, and like its natural inspiration, SLIPS does a great jobs keeping bugs off its surface. You can check out our demos and one unhappy ant filmed by the SLIPS team. No insects were harmed in the making of our video, at least — and the lab assures us that ant had a good life before learning the hard way why it shouldn’t mess with Harvard scientists.

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SLIPS liquid repeller is inspired by carnivorous plants, enemy to insects and graffiti artists alike originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spam-happy iOS trojan slips into App Store, gets pulled in rapid fashion

Spamhappy iOS trojan slips into App Store, gets pulled in rapid fashion

You can call it technological baptism of types … just not the kind Apple might prefer. A Russian fraud app understood as Discover and Call managed to hit the App Shop and produce havoc for those that dared a download, making it the first non-experimental malware to hit iOS without very first requiring a jailbreak. As Kaspersky learnt, it had not been just scamware, but a trojan: the title might swipe the contacts after asking permission, send them to a remote server behind the scenes and text spam the daylights out of any type of phone number in that list. Fortunately, Apple has already yanked the app rapidly and explained to The Loop that the app was pulled for violating Application Shop policies. We might still like to recognize simply why the app got there in the 1st location, however we ‘d also caution against delighting in any sort of schadenfreude if you’re of the Android persuasion. The application snuck through to Google Play too, and Kaspersky is intense to remind us that Android trojans are “absolutely nothing new;” the real answer to malware is to keep an eye out for fishy-looking applications, no matter what platform you’re using.Spam-happy iOS trojan slips into Application Shop, gets pulled in rapid fashion initially appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Jul 2012 17:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for usage of feeds. Permalink MacRumors|Kaspersky, The Loop|Email this|Remarks

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LG slips out Optimus L3 DualSim for Russia and Ukraine, keeps you in touch with both Kiev and Kursk

LG slips out Optimus L3 DualSim for Russia and Ukraine, keeps you in touch with both Kiev and KurskLG’s Optimus L3 was consistently designed with modest ambitions– primarily of scooping up the starter smartphone crowd– however a new variant for Russia and the Ukraine has our ears perked. The tiny L3 DualSim features 2 SIM slots to let locals hop between 2 different phone amounts with a switch. Ostensibly it’s to provide jetsetting businesspeople a method to switch between their home and work phone lines, although the abundance of prepaid service choices in the 2 countries makes us think there’s some cost-saving involved as well. The tweaked L3 isn’t really merely another dual-SIM conversion; LG has actually also seen fit to rise above qualms about performance with an 800MHz Snapdragon replacing the 600MHz of the original. The sad thing is, we’re not seeing any upgrades to the creaky Android 2.3 install or the 3-megapixel camera, so this won’t let you get a shrunken L5 on the economical. At a price of 1,500 Ukranian grivnas (6,169 Russian rubles, or $ 186) without a contract, nevertheless, we suspect lots of Muscovites and Sevastopolians will not have objections to selecting up the L3 DualSim for themselves come the July release.

LG slips out Optimus L3 DualSim for Russia and Ukraine, keeps you in touch with both Kiev and Kursk originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for usage of feeds.

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Nokia Lumia 610 coming to China Unicom, Elop slips details in conference call

Nokia Lumia 610 coming to China Unicom, Elop slips details in conference call

Chinese residents not ready to fork out for Nokia’s flagship merely got another choice, the Lumia 610. China Unicom will certainly be delivering the littlest (and most current) Lumia device, according to Stephen Elop, that managed to sneak the announcement into an at-times grim conference call held the other day. While we recognized the device was headed to all places Pacific, the gadget now looks set to join existing smartphone options on 3G (presumably low-price) plans. Intrigued? Then you could prefer to revisit our assessment for our notions on Nokia’s humbly-priced device.

Nokia Lumia 610 coming to China Unicom, Elop slips information in conference telephone call initially appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Jun 2012 07:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for utilization of feeds.

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WOOPSIE: Grandma Slips Out Of Skydiving Harness

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I see your bra!

This is a video of 80-year old Laverne (my God what a sexy name) freaking the f*** out before a tandem skydiving jump and accidentally slipping out of her harness. Thankfully, her partner was a TOTAL PRO and managed to hold on and get her to the ground in one, unsplattered piece. Me? My hands would have been waaaaaay too sweaty for that. She would have deceased, and I would have offered to provide the eulogy at her funeral. *standing at podium, a single tear rolls down my cheek* And that’s when she said to me *sniffle* what were destined to be her final words: “ARE YOU MY SOOOOOOOOOON?!”

Hit the jump for the video, but skip to 1:45 for action. Skip to 2:50 to see her skin flapping like a flag in a tornado.



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Apple slips out new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion beta, leaves 2007 MacBook Pro in a momentary lurch

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Apple looks to be stepping up the frequency of OS X Mountain Lion beta updates after initially keeping the pace slow and steady: it just posted a new, unceremoniously titled 12A206J build for developers. What the update fixes in the Developer Preview isn’t clear, but there are still glitches with Fast User Switching, Java applets, sharing menus and Notes syncing with iTunes, among a handful of other showstoppers. There’s also a major heads-up for those who own mid-2007 MacBook Pros, as they can’t properly run Mountain Lion at all until another update. We wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another fix in store ahead of WWDC next month, and there’s still all of the summer left for Apple to put the final polish on the OS and make its release target.

Apple slips out new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion beta, leaves 2007 MacBook Pro in a momentary lurch originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 May 2012 01:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple slips out new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion beta, leaves 2007 MacBook Pro in a momentary lurch

Mountain Lion Dev Preview

Apple looks to be stepping up the frequency of OS X Mountain Lion beta updates after initially keeping the pace slow and steady: it just posted a new, unceremoniously titled 12A206J build for developers. What the update fixes in the Developer Preview isn’t clear, but there are still glitches with Fast User Switching, Java applets, sharing menus and Notes syncing with iTunes, among a handful of other showstoppers. There’s also a major heads-up for those who own mid-2007 MacBook Pros, as they can’t properly run Mountain Lion at all until another update. We wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another fix in store ahead of WWDC next month, and there’s still all of the summer left for Apple to put the final polish on the OS and make its release target.

Apple slips out new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion beta, leaves 2007 MacBook Pro in a momentary lurch originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 May 2012 01:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ZeroN slips surly bonds, re-runs your 3D gestures in mid-air

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Playback of 3D motion capture with a computer is nothing new, but how about with a solid levitating object? MIT’s Media Lab has developed ZeroN, a large magnet and 3D actuator, which can fly an “interaction element” (aka ball bearing) and control its position in space. You can also bump it to and fro yourself, with everything scanned and recorded, and then have real-life, gravity-defying playback showing planetary motion or virtual cameras, for example. It might be impractical right now as a Minority Report-type object-based input device, but check the video after the break to see its awesome potential for 3D visualization.

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ZeroN slips surly bonds, re-runs your 3D gestures in mid-air originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 May 2012 16:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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